"Non abbiamo le lenzuola bianche."

Translation:We do not have white sheets.

June 25, 2013



Why does it say "le" and "bianche" (plural), but the word "lenzuola" itself seems to be singular?

June 25, 2013


It's one of those words that change gender from singular to plural. "il lenzuolo" (m, singular), "le lenzuola" (f, plural)

June 25, 2013


blow me down, that's so wow! A little nugget of amazingness.

August 2, 2013


and they say English is an irregular language

September 5, 2013


it is not that bad comparing to the hundreds of irregular verbs in English

September 13, 2013


seems that every language is full of irregularities ...(except Esperanto),

January 1, 2015


And Hungarian. Not counting that the c whole language is irregular comparing to Indo-European languages ;)

September 14, 2017


i know right

September 5, 2013


English irregular verbs have regularities even though they are called "irregular" but this is nuts xD

March 5, 2014


Aam gannin tappy lappy doon the lonnen is English

February 26, 2019


It's like making a plural in Greek! Cool!

February 11, 2017


Close. Afaik, it comes from Latin neuter nouns, where the singular ends in -um and the plural in -a.

July 20, 2017


I wonder if the Romans adopted that construction of plurals from the Greeks, as they did with many things about the Greeks that they admired and elevated as a high form of culture.

July 23, 2017


Are you sure? When I looked it up 'lenzuolo' appeared to mean a blank sheet of paper or similar, whereas the singular for bedsheet was still feminine- lenzuola. It seems to me that it does not change its gender, rather it remains the same in both the (feminine) singular form and the plural form. Which is really confusing! Please correct me if I am wrong though!

January 12, 2014


Il lenzuolo = bedsheet, singular, m. Le lenzuola = bedsheet, plural, f. http://www.wordreference.com/iten/lenzuolo http://www.wordreference.com/iten/lenzuola I can't think of any instance when lenzuolo refers to a blank sheet of paper. I am sure in the sense I am an italian native speaker.

January 12, 2014


Fair enough, the site I looked at was clearly wrong! Would definitely trust word reference as a site more than the one I was on.

January 13, 2014


transgender noun

November 7, 2016


why do you still need to say 'le lenzuola' if the direct article isn't needed? Would 'non abbiamo lenzuola bianche' also be correct?

June 30, 2014


"we do not have white linens" was marked incorrect. In the US bed linens are used interchangeably with bed sheets. - please help.

August 4, 2014


doesn't bed linen include pillowcases as well as sheets? - it does in English english

December 25, 2014


Yes, but the distinctive use of "linens" in the US can mean both the set or singular item. This is a common practice with a lot of phrases that employ generic words. It's an encompassing term, but the reason why it doesn't work here is because DL wants a specific translation.

November 9, 2015


Yes, DL generally wants a specific translation because it is trying to teach us a specific thing about the Italian language structure and grammar, so that we learn how to build sentences correctly in Italian. And what it sounds like in an English translation is almost besides the point.

October 6, 2017


... and bed sheets are just the stuff one would cover the mattress with?

April 22, 2015


There's a report button for this kind of thing. Select that your translation should have been accepted.

August 30, 2014


So the masculine singular form is 'il lenzuolo' why does the feminine plural change to an 'a' ending instead of an 'i'?

December 7, 2014


because it comes from a neuter word in latin. The plural ending for neuter words are always "a" in Latin. Italian made the singular ending "o" for masculine/neuter nouns.

May 18, 2016


Would never use beddings plural in english as this tells me to

November 8, 2017


Mi chiedo cosa sia successo alle lenzuola che non sono piĆ¹ bianche? < hmmm,errrr, ahem, cough, cough>

April 16, 2019
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